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Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Live from Stern Grove Festival

Read "Live from Stern Grove Festival" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Putting together your follow-up can't be easy when your self-produced, self-titled debut wins the notoriously competitive Best Tropical Latin Album GRAMMY® Award. Where could trumpeter Steffen Kuehn (from Germany) and pianist Christian Tumulan (from Mexico) lead the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) from there? Tumulan and Kuehn smartly construct PMO's second release to do what they do best: They go big, with some songs ringing out with up to twenty instrumental and human voices. They go long, bookending seven ...

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Read "Pacific Mambo Orchestra" reviewed by Edward Blanco

San Francisco's premier Latin big band launches its self-titled Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) debut barely two years after pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn founded the 19-piece ensemble. A festival favorite and fixture in the Bay Area, the PMO is a sizzling modern day Latin salsa jazz orchestra built to revisit the big band sounds of '40s through the '60s as they perform dynamite arrangements of music from such Latin giants as Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz and others. ...


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